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Resistance continues in Arkansas

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click to enlarge LIGHTS ON: At Planned Parenthood in Little Rock. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • LIGHTS ON: At Planned Parenthood in Little Rock.

It's the American way. If you don't approve of the direction the country is heading, speak up in opposition. And that resistance to the Trump era continues in Arkansas.

* Ozark Indivisible put together a demonstration Wednesday against the Republican health care bill in Springdale yesterday. 40/29 reports.

* In Little Rock Wednesday, about 50 people rallied outside Sen. Tom Cotton's office in the Victory Building to defend Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. Said a release from Arkansas Community Organizations:

Speakers at the rally included Rev Howard Gordon, Toney Orr from Local 100, Camille Richoux from the National Organization of Women. Mr. Orr has two children with disabilities who have received help from Medicaid. Ms. Richoux is a public health worker and grew up in poverty and received health coverage from ARKids First. Lewis Shepherd, a former cab driver who lost both of his legs, spoke about always having to worry about paying for medical treatment and how Medicaid helped him survive.

Rally participants chanted: “Mend it! Don’t end it! Don’t take health care away!”
* Last night, supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered at the Little Rock clinic for a Pink Out the Night rally, a symbolic effort about keeping the lights on against congressional efforts to strip funding of non-abortion health services provided by Planned Parenthood.

I've read some lately who think public displays of resistance are futile, destructive even, and some undefined, less obstreperous strategy is somehow more productive. I've seen this written by people alive in the 1960s and certainly alive during the Tea Party era. Their memories are apparently worse than even my age-addled state. I'm with Joe Hill. "Don't waste any time mourning. Organize."


click to enlarge HEALTH LEGISLATION PROTEST: Demonstrators in Springdale. - 40/29
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  • HEALTH LEGISLATION PROTEST: Demonstrators in Springdale.

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